On Friday October 21 Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio, spoke about freedom of speech at the Prix Europa ceremony in Berlin. You can watch her speech or read it here:
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The Director General of Swedish Radio, Cilla Benkö, comments below on the troubling events in Turkey, including the arrest of journalists, and the shutting down of news agencies, broadcasters and newspapers.
On July 6th Matthew Waite, professor in journalism at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founder of Drone Journalism Lab, gives a keynote speech in Swedish Radio's seminar "When will robots take over politics and media?" in Almedalen, Gotland.
Hera are some of Waite's reflections on robotjournalism and artificial intelligence.
On July 7 Unesco Director General Irina Bokova gives a key note speech in Swedish Radio’s seminar “Who will take the political responsibility to protect free speech?” in Almedalen, Gotland. She will explore the paradoxes facing freedom of expression today.
Here are Bokova’s thoughts on her and UNESCOS global work for freedom of speech and the safety of journalists.
- Sweden’s leading publishers in joint statement:Net neutrality
Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we representatives of Sweden’s leading media companies urge the Government and the Parliament to act to ensure an open Internet that is equal for everyone. This is prompted by the collaboration that the state-owned telecom company Telia has entered into with the global media giant Facebook, which in the long run risks jeopardising Swedish media companies’ ability to reach out to our primary audience, the general public.
Today, Tuesday 26 April, sees the start of the trial of an investigative journalist and two whistle-blowers in Luxembourg for their 2014 revelations, which came to be called LuxLeaks.
Swedish Radio's Director General Cilla Benkö, believes that it is a matter of grave concern that journalists and their sources can be brought to trial in the EU.
Enough is enough. Every policy initiative that can be taken to secure the safety of journalists, both nationally here in Sweden and internationally through bodies such as the UN and the EU, must now be implemented. This is an urgent matter if we want to continue to protect the freedom of the press and of expression in the world.
111 – remember this figure. This is how many journalists and colleagues such as fixers were killed in 2015. A figure which is unacceptably high. Because this isn't merely about the fate of individuals and grieving relatives; this is about a threat to freedom of speech and thereby to democracy.
The EU is nearing an impasse that risks jeopardizing the future of investigative journalism. Sweden is looking on, saying nothing, in the belief that the new regulations proposed by the EU will not impose any direct limitations on Sweden, specifically. It is a naive assumption. If the proposal is adopted, it will affect the ability of Swedish journalists and media companies to pursue free and investigative journalism in equal measure, says seven representatives of the Swedish media in a joint debate piece.
Today, November 2nd, is a day of international recognition that it is still possible to enjoy impunity for a crime against democracy, which is what murdering a journalist implies. The UN has proclaimed today the “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists”.
It has to stop now. Those who threaten, injure and kill journalists must be prosecuted and punished, says Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio.
- SEMINAR IN ALMEDALEN
PODCAST ABOUT PODCASTING. Swedish Radio’s seminar in Almedalen on Tuesday 30 June about the popularity of podcast radio all over the world. What happens when the journalistic filter disappears?
One of the main speakers at the seminar is presenter and founder of the success 99% Invisible, Roman Mars.
Monday 9 February Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio, was invited by the Swedish and Latvian foreign ministries to speak at an evening for freedom of the press, free formation of opinion and good working conditions for journalists in Brussels.
Here is Cilla Benkö's speech about Swedish Radio's murdered foreign correspondent Nils Horner and the importance of having journalists who can work without risking being silenced in a democratic world.
- PRESS RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE - DECEMBER 1st 2014. Today, Monday, the Swedish government’s digital radio coordinator, Nina Wormbs, handed over her study into the transition from FM to Digital Audio Broadcasting to the minister for culture and democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke.
“It’s high time politicians make a final decision on this. The radio industry is united in agreeing that terrestrial radio must be digitized,” Swedish Radio’s director general, Cilla Benkö, says.
Nils Horner, one of Sweden's most well-known and respected foreign correspondents, was shot and killed on assignment on 11th March this year in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He had worked for many years for Swedish Radio which is the media house in Sweden which places the largest effort in Swedish media in covering foreign matters through its network of 21 correspondent all over the world.
Cilla Benkö is Director General of Swedish Radio.
In this Swedish Radio seminar from the traditional Almedalen week of politics on the island of Gotland, Sweden, The Guardian’s deputy editor Paul Johnson talks about work behind the scenes, how his paper got onto the The Snowden case and the sensational disclosure came about – an insider story of political pressure, smashed hard drives and the fight for the freedom of the press. In English.
Three journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV company were last Monday sentenced by an Egyptian Court of Law to between seven and ten years of imprisonment. The three journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested shortly before the end of last year. According to the prosecutor they had spread “false news” concerning the protests in Egypt last summer.
The sentencing of the TV-journalists is a scandal of justice, says three Swedish media executives – Cilla Benkö, director general Swedish Radio, Thomas Mattsson, Editor in Chief,
Expressen and Peter Wolodarski, Editor in Chief Dagens Nyheter – in a joint statement.